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Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 12:03 pm  |  42 responses

Kobe Bryant on Lakers Doubters: ‘They’re Mentally Challenged’


Already, very few people thought the Los Angeles Lakers were legitimate NBA title contenders this season. After last night’s debacle against the OKC Thunder, even fewer believe in the team’s chances. Kobe Bryant thinks anyone who doubts his squad has mental issues. Yikes. From NBA.com: “Go ahead. Kobe Bryant dares you. Count the Lakers out. […] ‘Anybody who counts us out is challenged,’ Bryant said. ‘They’re mentally challenged. Am I happy with how we play every single night? Of course not. But I’m content with where we are overall and where I think we can go. Let them doubt all they want. That’s the way it always is. People talk and doubt and criticize all the way up until you win a championship, then it’s: ‘Oh, I knew it all the time.’ That’s just how it is.’ It is as much a part of the franchise DNA as the purple uniforms, the championship banners, Jack and Denzel sitting courtside. Panic and doubt have a front row seat at Staples Center, too. You can practically set your calendar by their arrival. ‘Everybody looks at us,’ Bryant said. ‘Everybody sees us. Everybody picks and criticizes everything we do. It’s easy to do so. There are a lot of things that easily are ‘critique-able’ and people are always taking the liberty do so. It reminds me of our last championship run. We were in a similar position as well. We were over the hill. We don’t have Phil. We are not coming off a championship. It’s a similar thing. It happens all the time with us, so in a way it’s comfortable. It’s something I’ve learned to live with, all the controversies over one thing or another, all the doubts. Actually, of all the championships that we won, we only really had one season where we led wire to wire. You can look it up.’ So you can. And in the five championship seasons of his career, only in the first (1999-2000) with Shaquille O’Neal did the Lakers finish with the best record (67-15) in the NBA during the regular season. In fact, they entered the playoffs that year on a 33-4 tear. The following season the Lakers went 56-26, were tied for the second-best record and went 15-7 coming down the stretch. In the 2001-02 season, the Lakers finished second behind Phoenix in the Pacific Division, had an 11-6 closing record that is identical to their pace over the past 17 games, but still won their third straight NBA title. Even in the 2008-09 season when the Lakers won 65 games, they still trailed Cleveland for the best record, but beat Orlando in The Finals. When the Lakers defended that title in 2010, they finished with the second-best record in the league (57-25), but staggered into the postseason 11-10 and then had the world setting its hair on fire when they lost two games at Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.”

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  • http://nba.com GP23

    They will lose in the Finals to the Heat.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I agree that those counting them out this early are crazy but mentally challenged is a bit harsh Kobe considering that’s a serious condition.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Lakers will be lucky if they get to the Western Conference Finals this year.

  • FnF

    Well at least he didn’t call those people F**k*** Fa**o*s.

  • http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0xjwhQdgB1qznj8ho1_500.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    Click my name.

  • bike

    He refrained from using the word retarded. That would be politically incorrect. Kobe has matured beyond his years.

  • riggs

    They got swept by the mavs last year and their team is worse this year. He’s freaking delusional if he thinks they have a shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @orange blows like that can leave u mentally challanged

  • DABIGFUNDAMENTAL

    There’s a way for them to not hear all the critics… Pump up the music volume Andrew !

  • manu

    they didn’t win the title in 2002….donaghy did

  • http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0xjwhQdgB1qznj8ho1_500.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    @spit hot fiyah Agreed! lol

  • JUNKIE

    kobe finally learned to be politically correct

  • IamYOU

    I love you Kobe(no homo), BUT I am not mentally challenged you RETARD! Don’t throw stones at me relax I’m just kiddin! but seriously I’m not mentally challenged.

  • OTB

    Kobe is an idiot. Why would you even say that?

  • Ash

    I would be very suprise if Lakers win this year.

  • Heals

    This sure is a lot to say for someone who just claimed a couple weeks back that he didn’t care about/listen to outside opinions…

  • jay cutler

    Just remember.. this is the guy who last year who told us that he might be ‘sick in the head’ but he 100% believed the Lakers were going to storm back and beat Dallas after being down 3-0.

    Uhh.. an old guy who doesn’t play defense unless he’s been shown up, whose specialty is jacking up retarded shots, and by whose own definition is “sick in the head” wants to call someone else “mentally challenged”?

    Mmmmkay.

  • Red Star

    Kobe, you may want to pass the ball every now and then if you’re really serious about winning another title this year! You have two seven footers on your team and you hardly pass them the ball even when your triple teamed! You tossed lob passes to Shaq 24/7 when you played together but only a handful of times to Bynum and Gasol. I got mad love for you Kobe but my love for you doesn’t make me delusional. PASS THE FN BALL!!! Taking 30 shots a game is just stupid considering you have two talented seven footers on your team. PASS THE FN BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now only if Kobe read Slam’s comments, LMFAO!

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com yada

    rudy-t once said never underestimate the heart of a champion

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Another reason for me to hate this chump.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Wait…. Why is this a reason to hate on Kobe? I mean I know we don’t need a reason, that much has been made clear, but what did he say that he shouldn’t have said? Ya’ll are weird.

  • RunNGun

    Fans on Kobe: You’ll fall short because your whole team is mentally challenged.

  • Mick

    42%

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Isn’t that the same thing he said during the 2nd round vs Dal after every blowout?

  • B-More Mike

    Your field goal percentage is mentally challenged!!! Pass the damn ball, PLEASE!!

  • Kabraham15

    interviews like these are the ones i bookmark. so that way, when they go to the playoffs and get blown out by dallas, i can read just how foolish kobe is. ANDREW BYNUM IS SHOOTING 3S FFS

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    I’m surprised that a thread containing “mentally challenged” didn’t lead to any poor-taste MWP jokes… Kobe’s been dealing with doubters his whole career, I don’t know why people still ask for his opinion on them.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I feel the Finals will be Lakers vs. Bulls. With Lakers winning it all. Kobe will get his sixth ring and tell the world how you like me now. BOOK IT!!

  • sid

    shooting 7 of 25 with two capable 7 footers on your team and solid PG is mentally challenged.

  • riggs

    The Seed is mentally challenged.

  • vtrobot

    2nd what riggs said. Kobe, yr center is mentally challenged. Everyone is ALWAYS doubting the Lakers? I think you got it backwards, buddy. Lakers will beat the C’s easily in ’08. Dallas has no chance last year. Etc., etc., F’ing etc.

  • Drig

    @sid………great way to look at the stats and not give a damn about the rest of the game!!! Bravo. Never mind the fact that Pau was out for most of the 3rd quarter and so was LA’s ball movement ( which made Kobe play within the flow in the first half and guess what? He was very efficient for the first half )

  • Madden20

    @ riggs…moron…
    @ tadone moron….your a nobody
    @ runangun…yup the whole team…all nba players an you are?????
    @redstar…take a pill an relax…gasol shot 4 for 13 …. How many times do you keep PASSING the ball…moron
    @ jay cutler..hahhahahahaha ok buddy HOF and you are??? Named after a fckn diabetic loser..
    @ otb ..moron

  • Kobester

    Am I the only one here who still thinks the Lakers have a legitimate shot at the ring this year? I mean, they still have the most skilled/most clutch player in Kobe and 2 all star 7 footers and some good role players. Is it really that big of a stretch they could somehow pull this off?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Let’s be real, as an organization it’s pretty clear this is a big transition year for the Lakers. Lot’s of changes have gone on over the past year for the Lakers. In my honest opinion, if Mike Brown is able to coach this Lakers team to this year’s Western Conference Finals, then I think Jim Buss can call this year’s Laker makeover a success.

  • sid

    @drig @kobester lmao

  • Drig

    What exactly is your point??? Pau had a bad game if you didn’t watch it. Bynum was the only guy who had a good game for the entire game and it doesn’t take too much knowledge to understand why going incessantly to Bynum is gonna screw us up on O since it allows double teams and triple teams for easy TOs AND takes away Bynum’s energy for D ( since he’s the only guy who consistently contests shots for LA on D right now……..for most games atleast ). LA’s not the finished product yet. They still got some issues to iron out. IF LA gets a favorable 1st round matchup, I can see them having enough time and ammo to go to the Finals…….esp. if MikeB realizes Goudelock needs to be in the rotation and stops loving Blake so much. I’m done here.

  • sid

    @drig excuses….excuses….excuses. it`s never kobe`s fault.

  • http://none Kyle

    Lakers won’t make it past the first round, lakers are god aweful, and Mike Brown will be fired..

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    LMAO @ Madden 20, and tha Lakers will make tha finals this year. I dont see y we cant. Tha only team out tha west im worried about in a 7 game series is OKC. Other than them, we’re runnin thru tha west

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Yeah, the Lakers definitely finished second to Sacramento in 2001-02. Not Phoenix. Does anyone proofread around here?

  • http://WWW.BENNY.COM BIG MONEY

    Quit hating on this man respect his greatness

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